About the conference
Outcome of the conference
The conference focused on how to implement the strategy “A Bioeconomy for Europe”, creating new or existing partnerships between researchers in Europe and between researchers and public and private institutions and companies. The conference delivered concrete action points to ensure that Europe will benefit from the full potential of the bioeconomy. The conference has published a general message and a set of conclusions in a Copenhagen Declaration for a Bioeconomy in Action.
Importance of the bioeconomy
The bioeconomy employs more than 22 million people and approximately 9% of the total EU workforce and significant growth is expected to arise from industrial biotechnology world wide. Today, Europe is a global leader in various fields of biosciences and technologies. However, in order to remain competitive European industries and creating jobs, the European bioeconomy sectors needs to innovate and further diversify. Investments in research and innovation and better collaboration between European governments, universities, and enterprises are needed to maintain the European leadership.
Bioeconomy in Action was a major event to discuss the Commission strategy “A Bioeconomy for Europe” which was submitted in February 2012 during the Danish Presidency for the European Union, in the context of the Common Strategic Framework Horizon 2020. The aim of the bioeconomy strategy is to create a more favourable environment and coherent policy framework for developing the bioeconomy in Europe.
Read more about the three days of Bioeconomy in Action here.
A special focus of Bioeconomy in Action was made on how to realise the full potential of the bioeconomy in pooling forces and bringing together both public and private players in closer partnerships (P2P´s and PPP´s) with a longer term approach.
To successfully reach the aim of Horizon 2020, Europe must join forces and shorten the time from research to the market. Legislation and policies must allow renewable raw materials for industrial use to be available in sufficient quantity of good and guarantied quality and at competitive prices. This includes standardisation, certification and labelling of bio-based products.
Participants in the conference discussed how to:
- Create a governance mechanism to ensure smooth communication between agriculture, fisheries, the forest industry, chemical industry and researchers, policy makers, NGO’s, environmentalists, etc
- Increase investments in research, innovation, entrepreneurship and skills
- Shorten the way of innovation and identifying the optimal way to bring the new bio-based products to markets
- Enable cross-sectoral initiatives (e.g. agriculture and chemistry) and stimulate new activities and industries (biorefinery, whole chain management, new business models for bio-based products)
- Increase resource efficiency, sustainability and productivity in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food production, distribution and consumer handling
- Optimize the food chain management